3rd annual ICC conference on International Arbitration in the MENA

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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Date: 13/04/2015 - 15/04/2015
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English and Arabic with simultaneous interpretation

ICC's 3rd annual conference on International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Taking place in English and Arabic with simultaneous interpretation.

Objective

Taking place in English and Arabic, this third annual conference is a "must attend" for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in the MENA region. The conference will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network.

    Advanced Level Training on “Conduct of the proceedings and case management - the arbitrator’s perspective”

    This training will focus in depth on how the arbitrator should establish his authority over the parties throughout the proceedings, including hearings, and deal with his fellow-arbitrators.

    Who should attend

    Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region.

    Monday 13 April 2015 - ADVANCED LEVEL TRAINING

    Morning (09.30 - 13.15)

    Welcoming address and introduction

    Active case management techniques

    From the very outset of the arbitration, the tribunal has to actively assist the parties in organizing and streamlining the conduct of the proceedings. During this session, participants will learn and discuss both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint effective case management techniques. These will include issues related to drafting the terms of reference, preparing and conducting case management conferences, and adopting procedural timetables.

    Effective management of arbitration: an ICC perspective

    During this session participants will be provided with ICC insights and best practices on various active management techniques.

    Case scenarios on active case management techniques and debate

    Arbitrators' authority: scope and limits

    The notion of 'authority of the arbitral tribunal' is a complex and multifaceted one which plays a key-role in the creation of a suitable framework for the arbitration. It involves both the relationship between the arbitrators as well as the tribunal's relationship with counsel and raises challenging questions. Among others: how far a dissenting opinion can go and still be effective and appropriate; what is the scope of the tribunal's authority to sanction counsel's wrongful conduct; what types of sanctions are available?

    Case scenarios on arbitrators' authority: scope and limits and debate

    13.15 - 14.15 Lunch

    Afternoon (14.15 - 17.00)

    Conducting hearings

    Conducting fair and orderly hearings is one of the most critical tasks faced by arbitrators. Indeed, the respect of the due process on one side and the need to efficiently conduct the arbitral hearing on the other may pose a significant challenge for arbitrators.

    During this session participants will learn how arbitrators should deal with issues such as: questioning of witnesses or attorneys, deciding whether to request additional evidence not provided by the parties and evaluating the need to appoint an expert.


    Allowing additional claims and parties

    One of the aspects of the growing complexity of international commercial arbitration cases is the increasing number of arbitrations involving multiplicity of parties, including non-signatory parties, claims and cross-claims, and multi-contract disputes. This session will address the main pitfalls as well as the challenging jurisdictional matters that arbitrators face when confronted with complex arbitrations.

    Case scenarios on allowing additional claims and parties and debate

    Managing the exchange of information

    Obtaining and presenting information is of paramount importance when preparing an international commercial arbitration case. The mission of the arbitral tribunal lies in managing such exchange of information, taking into consideration the different cultural legal approaches of the parties and their counsel and the particular circumstances of each case. Participants will learn how arbitrators should deal with issues such as: the management of electronically stored information; the preservation of the confidentiality of information and related issues of applicable law; protection of trade, technological and commercial secrets; privacy of the arbitral proceedings; and ethical conduct of the parties.

    Case scenarios on managing the exchange of information and debate

    Concluding remarks

    18.00 - 20.00 Cocktail reception

    Tuesday 14 April 2015 - 3rd ANNUAL MENA CONFERENCE

    Morning (09.30 - 13.00)

    Opening key note speeches

    Disclosure: How much is too much?

    This panel will debate the level of appropriate arbitral disclosure. Is there a new trend to be detected?
    Will an increase in required disclosure reshape the world of arbitration?

    Practical session: Drafting an arbitration clause for complex transactions

    The panel will discuss the do's and don'ts of drafting arbitration clauses.
    What are the key issues to be considered?
    Are there specific points to bear in mind in the context of complex transactions involving multiple contacts and multiple parties?

    13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

    Afternoon (14.30 - 16.15)

    Techniques of direct and cross-examination in international arbitration

    This session will explore how to conduct an effective direct and cross examination.
    Should there be any difference in approach between a fact and an expert witness?
    The panel will illustrate the good, the bad and the ugly through a mock demonstration.

    20.00 Dinner

    Wednesday 15 April 2015 - 3rd ANNUAL MENA CONFERENCE

    Morning (09.00 - 13.00)

    Confidentiality in arbitration: myth or reality?

    Panelists will discuss the confidentiality principle as it is applied in different jurisdictions.
    They will tackle issues such as: what role can the Arbitral Tribunal play in protecting information, how to manage the issue of confidentiality in document production and in parallel proceedings…

    Annual national spotlight on international commercial and investment arbitration: Egypt

    Taking stock 3 years after the Arab Spring; recent developments in Egypt.
    Does Cairo still set the trends for arbitration in the MENA?
    Round-Up about the "Privatization Cases" of Egypt: Insights about the underlying Court proceedings, the resulting arbitrations claims and the related regulatory developments.

    13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

    Afternoon (14.30 - 16.15)

    Round table: What does Dubai need to become a true hub of international arbitration?

    This session will evaluate what is required for Dubai to achieve its full potential in the region: what are the current handicaps and how can they be addressed.

    Conclusion

      SPEAKERS - Monday 13 April 2015 - Advanced Level Training on “Conduct of the proceedings and case management - the arbitrator’s perspective”

      Michael Bühler , Partner, Jones Day, France

      José Ricardo Feris , Deputy Secretary General and Director of Dispute Resolution Services, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Raed Fathallah , Partner, Bredin Prat, France

      Ziva Filipic , Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Vladimir Khvalei , Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Russian Federation; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

      Sybille de Rosny-Schwebel , Director, ICC Training & Conferences / ICC Institute of World Business Law, Paris

      Michael E. Schneider , Founding Partner, Lalive, Switzerland; Honorary President, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

      SPEAKERS - Tuesday 14 April and Wednesday 15 April 2015 - 3rd annual ICC conference on International Arbitration in the MENA

      Georges Affaki , Independent Arbitrator and Avocat à la Cour, Paris; Associate Professor, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

      Sultan Al Abdulla , Managing Counsel, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners, Qatar

      Habib Al Mulla , Chairman, Baker & McKenzie Habib A. Mulla, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Chairman, Dubai International Arbitration Center

      Essam Al Tamimi , Senior Partner, Al Tamimi & Co., Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Vice-Chairman, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

      John Beechey , President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Alexandre Boules Fahmy , General Counsel, Fertilizers Group OCI NV, Egypt

      Michael Bühler , Partner, Jones Day, France

      Andrea Carlevaris , Secretary General and Director of the Dispute Resolution Services, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Katie Chung , Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP, Singapore

      Nadia Darwazeh , Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Germany

      Alain Farhad , Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      José Ricardo Feris , Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Ziva Filipic, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

      Karim Hafez , Arbitrator, Egypt

      Samaa Haridi , Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, United States

      Marc Henry , Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, France

      Sami Houerbi , Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Dubai/Tunis

      Mark Hoyle , Barrister, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, SJ Berwin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Philippe Leboulanger , Lawyer - Member of Paris and Athens Bars, Leboulanger & Associés, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

      Jean-Claude Najar , International Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, France; Founder and Honorary Member, Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG); Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

      Karim Nassif , Partner, Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Ahmed Ouerfelli , Former Magistrate and Legal Adviser in Chief to the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Tunisia

      Marwan Sakr , Partner, SAAS Lawyers | Avocats, Lebanon

      Michael Schneider , Founding Partner, Lalive, Switzerland; Honorary President, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

      Carsten van de Sande , Partner, Hengeler Mueller, Germany

      Todd Wetmore , Founding Partner, Three Crowns LLP, France

      Karim Youssef , J.S.D Partner, Head of Middle East Arbitration, Amereller Legal Consultants, Cairo and Dubai, Egypt/United Arab Emirates

      Mohammed Abdel Wahab , Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt

      Dates and venue

      Dates: 13-15 April 2015

      Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai (by Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Registration fees

      Advanced Training: Conduct of the proceedings and case management - the arbitrator's perspective
      Early-bird until 13 February 2015: 515€
      ICC members: 599€
      Non-members: 749€

      ICC's 3rd Annual MENA Conference
      Early-bird until 13 February 2015: 749€
      ICC members: 863€
      Non-members: 1,079€

      Package: Conference and Training
      Early-bird until 13 February 2015: 994€
      ICC members: 1,172€
      Non-members: 1,465€

      Accompanying person for social events: 210€

      VAT exemption - French Tax Code, Article 259A5°

      Special discounts
      - ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.
      - Group rates : Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.
      - In-house Counsel, full time Academics, Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.

      Registration fees include :
      1. Advanced Training: Conduct of the proceedings and case management - the arbitrator's perspective : all training activities including documentation, lunch and coffee breaks, cocktail reception.
      2. ICC's 3rd annual MENA conference : all conference activities including documentation, lunches and coffee breaks, Monday cocktail reception and dinner on Tuesday.
      3. Accompanying person for social events fee : Monday cocktail reception and dinner on Tuesday (sessions and networking lunches are restricted to participants only).
      Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

      How to register

      Easier and faster: register online (secured payment by credit card) at www.iccevents.org

      Or return the registration form indicating method of payment to:
      E-mail : events@iccwbo.org
      Tel : +33 1 49 53 28 67
      Fax : +33 1 49 53 30 30
      Post : ICC Services, Training and Conferences, 33-43, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

      Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees.
      To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline.

      Travel and accommodation

      Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A hotel reservation form for the Park Hyatt Dubai, with which ICC has negotiated preferential rates at AED 1,250 per night, will be sent upon receipt of the registration form. Please note that the number of rooms reserved with the ICC rate is limited. As they will be distributed on a "first-come, first-served" basis, we recommend that you make your reservation ASAP. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. The pre-reservation cut-off date is 11 March 2015 . Hotel reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

      Visa

      Visa applications for entry into the UAE can take several weeks to process. If travellers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter the UAE we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process now. Please note that the hotel may assist you with the application procedures. Further information will be available on the hotel reservation form.
      We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

      Working languages

      English and Arabic. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

      Credits and hours

      ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York 's approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is a Solicitors Regulation Authority and General Council of the Bar of England and Wales External CPD Course Provider. French Bars : This training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for reimbursement from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.

      Cancellation policy

      50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 13 March 2015 . Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

      Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

      Disclaimer

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      This conference offers you an unrivalled opportunity to maximize your visibility to practicing lawyers, corporate counsel, business professionals, and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region.

      For further information please read our sponsorship opportunities flyer or contact Ms Luz Rodriguez at luz.rodriguez@iccwbo.org

      Programme and logistics: Katharine Bernet, Project Manager, E-mail Katharine Bernet , Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 91

      Registration issues: Sylvette Abenzoar, Sales Administration Coordinator, Email Sylvette Abenzoar , Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 67

      Sponsorship: Luz Rodriguez, Global Partnerships Manager, Email Luz Rodriguez , Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 42

      Event registration fees

      Package (training & conference) €1172

      ICC members

      Package (training & conference) €1465

      Non-members

      Conference €863

      ICC members

      Conference €1079

      Non-members

      Training €599

      ICC members

      Training €749

      Non-members

      Hours and credits

      • CLE credits 19

      • MCLE credits 16

      • CPD hours (awaiting approval) 16

      • CNB hours (awaiting approval) 16

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